About the Authors
J. Aurel Guay writes fantasy and science fiction with an emphasis on strong plots and meaningful themes. Having played at writing fiction since grade school, he revived his passion in reaction to his day work in biomedical science. “The Death of Dr. Marcus Wells,” published in Shades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology is his first published work. His current work in progress Jagerund is a novel expanding on the previous short story.
An editor at The X, Megan Oliphant has studied creative writing since college, taking classes from the founder of LTUE, Marion K. "Doc" Smith at Brigham Young University, and attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp in June of 2014. Her primary interests are in fantasy, ranging from dark urban to high epic, but she's a sucker for a good mystery that she can't guess the ending to before she gets there. She divides her time between reading, writing, and "familying" with her husband and five children in North Carolina.
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Software engineer, video game developer, and father, Jay Barnson is a transplant to the state of Utah from the east coast. He grew up on a diet of science fiction and fantasy ranging from Howard, Heinlein, and Tolkien to Lucas and Spielberg. His wife and daughters had to drag him to his first steampunk convention. And now they can’t drag him away from the genre. Jay’s first short story with The X, “Dots, Dashes and Deceit,” appeared in Terra Mechanica: A Steampunk Anthology (2014).
A day-dreamer at heart, M. Irish Gardner has dabbled in imaginary worlds from Day One and developed an incurable addiction when she finally began recording her ideas. Her bachelor’s degree in recreation management does nothing for her writing, but she sure knows how to play. She lives in Arizona with her husband, two daughters, and all the characters in her head. Gardner’s first published work, “Reformation,” appeared in A Dash of Madness: A Thriller Anthology.
Playing with imaginary friends and writing and directing plays in the neighbor's garage filled D. Lee Jortner's childhood. Today she lets her imagination flow onto her keyboard as she writes mystery, fantasy and steampunk stories and novels. "Payoff for Air-Pirate Pete" is her first short story for Xchyler Publishing. She also enjoys her marketing role with the company and teaching English composition at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, Indiana. When not writing or working, Jortner is usually busy with her husband, children or grandchildren.
J.R. Potter gravitated towards the paranormal world from an early age. Watching the first episode of The X-Files was a transformative experience, and an education in great storytelling and mythmaking.
Since “growing up,” James has devoted his time to finding his voice through writing, publishing short fiction in The Portland Review, and winning two international short story competitions for science fiction and horror. When he's not writing, he tours with his incredible wife Amy as “The Crooked Angels,” an Americana duo specializing in rocking your socks off.
Potter is currently collaborating with artist Klaus “Plaid Klaus” Shmidheiser in the graphic novel series Glimmer Society. His first short story with Xchyler, “Dr. Pax’s Great Unsinkable Bird,” appeared in Terra Mechanica. A full-length novel, Pneumatica: Harbinger of the Skies, is slated for 2015 release.
A Wisconsin gal with a Southwest soul, M. K. Wiseman can generally be found wandering happily amongst the pages of the largest book she can get her hands on. She came upon writing rather accidentally, finding that, sometimes, there are stories that simply must be told. “The Silver Scams” is her third short story published at Xchyler. Other titles include “Clockwork Ballet” in Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology (2013), and “Downward Mobility” in Legends and Lore: an Anthology of Mythic Proportions (2014). A fantasy novel is scheduled for release in 2015.
A techie with a penchant for typewriters, she is a magnet for misadventure, though her own story has yet to unfold. Harboring such dreams as someday possessing a library complete with hidden bookcase doors, piloting a hot air balloon, and running away in a sailboat, she currently subsists contentedly between worlds, plotting and dreaming.
Scott E. Tarbet writes in several genres, sings opera, married in full Elizabethan regalia, loves Steampunk waltzes, and slow-smokes thousands of pounds of Texas-style barbeque. An avid skier, hiker, golfer, and tandem kayaker, he makes his home in the mountains of Utah.
Tarbet’s short stories with The X include “Tombstone” in Shades and Shadows: a Paranormal Anthology (2013), “Ganesh” in Terra Mechanica, “Year of No Foals” in The Toll of Another Bell: A Fantasy Anthology (2015), and “Nautilus Redux” in Mechanized Masterpieces 2.
His full-length novel, A Midsummer Night's Steampunk (2013), receives excellent reviews. Tarbet's next endeavor, Dragon Moon, a speculative fiction thriller, will be published by The X in 2015.
Scott William Taylor grew up in Utah living on the side of a mountain and lives on that same mountain today with his family and a dog that loves cheese. Scott is married with four children. Scott is a contributor to Flash 500 e-book, and creator of A Page or Two Podcast. He also wrote the award-winning short film, Wrinkles.
Scott’s first work with The X, “Little Boiler Girl,” appeared in the first Mechanized Masterpieces anthology. His short story, “Split Ends,” which appeared in Shades and Shadows, and “Mr. Thornton” tie him at second for number of contests won at The X.
As a child, Neve Talbot developed the habit of lulling herself to sleep by dreaming up continuations of her favorite books too soon ended. She never left off the habit, and eventually gained confidence in worlds of her own creation. She first cracked open a spiral binder in high school, and has spent the past decade dutifully penning her prerequisite one million words of bad writing before getting to the good stuff.
Now author, editor, story coach, and journalist, Neve currently lives with her husband under the pseudonym of Penny Freeman, in a quasi-reality filled with fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, Regency romance, the classics, and history books, suspended between the piney woods and sprawling metropolis of southeast Texas. She plans on exploring the world when she grows up.
“West End” is Neve’s third outing with The X, the others being “Crossroads” in Shades and Shadows, and “Tropic of Cancer” in Mechanized Masterpieces, of which “West End” is a sequel.
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Book 1: A Princess of Jasoom by J. Aurel Guay
Book 2: Winged Hope by Megan Oliphant
Book 3: The Van Tassel Legacy by Jay Barnson
Book 4: Invested Charm M. Irish Gardner
Book 5: Payoff for Air Pirate Pete by D. Lee Jortner
Book 6: Rise of the House of Usher by J.R. Potter
Book 7: The Silver Scams by M. K. Wiseman
Book 8: Nautilus Redux by Scott E. Tarbet
Book 9: Mr. Thornton by Scott William Taylor
Book 10: West End by Neve Talbot